Sisters in Crime has many chapters,

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for these other exciting events!

Join the Grand Canyon Chapter
SATURDAY, May 14, 2022, 10:30 a.m
Tools to Increase Suspense!

Stephanie Gayle, Pushcart Nominated Author and 2022 President of Sisters in Crime, Inc.

Grand Canyon Writers Chapter Meetings

  • Stephanie Gayle, Pushcart Nominated Author and 2022 President of Sisters in Crime, Inc.
  • Why is the element of suspense a critical tool, regardless of the genre?
  • Without tension and suspense, most stories are stale and lifeless—how do writers know how much suspense a plot needs?
  • Learn to holdback the right information and raise key questions to intrigue readers.
  • When will adding “unstable allies” to the storyline ramp up suspense?
  • How can authors use “time” to imperil a protagonist?
  • Discover multiple methods for building suspense, and the tips to weave those into a mesmerizing story.
  • Which old tricks for suspense should authors avoid?
  • Suspense keeps your readers enthralled far into the night!

Don’t miss this amazing presentation when Stephanie explains how and why!

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Join SinC-Central Virginia on May 14, 11 am PST (2 p.m. EDT)
“Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer”
with award-winning crime writer Sue Coletta.

Register by sending an email with your name and chapter affiliation to [email protected]. We will send you the Zoom link. The program will not be recorded.

If you have questions about this presentation, please send them to [email protected]. Please do not “reply” or “reply all” to this email, since everyone on the distribution list will receive your response.


Need research for your serial killer character? In this presentation Sue Coletta covers the FBI definition of serial killers, modus operandi vs. signature, seven key phases to the ritual of serial killing, serial killer categories & classifications, male vs. female serial killers, sociopath vs. psychopath, and nature vs. nurture.

Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as “Best 100 Crime Blogs on the Net.” She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer’s Digest “101 Best Websites for Writers”) and is a Resident Coach on Writers Helping Writers.

Sue lives with her husband in New Hampshire. She writes two psychological thriller series and narrative nonfiction/true crime and taught a 5-week serial killer course for EdAdvance in CT. She also appeared in an Emmy award-winning true crime series. Learn more about Sue and her books at

Join Sisters in Crime San Diego Chapter
Partners in Crime for a talk by
Rex Pickett
May 14, 2:00 p.m. PST

On Sat, May 14, at 2pm, Pacific Time, join the San Diego chapter “Partners in Crime” for a talk by San Diego author Rex Pickett. The Archivist, his latest book, is set around the University of California San Diego campus. Rex will be tuning in for the event from New Zealand, where his is writing Sideways, NZ.

The BOOK: When archivist Nadia Fontaine is found dead of an apparent drowning, Emily Snow is hired by Regents University to finish the job she started — to organize and process the papers of Raymond West, a famous Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has been short-listed for the Nobel. She finds a Pandora’s box of erotically and intellectually charged correspondence between Raymond West and the late Nadia Fontaine. Through their archived emails, Emily goes back a year in time and relives the tragic trajectory of their passionate love affair. Did Nadia really drown accidentally, as the police report concluded, or could it have been suicide, or, even worse, murder?

Rex Pickett is the critically-acclaimed author of the novel Sideways, which was adapted into the iconic, award-winning feature film. Rex is also the author of two Sideways sequels – the IPPY Gold Medal award-winning Vertical, and Sideways 3: Chile. He was the screenwriter of My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York, which captured the 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, making Rex, technically, a two-time Oscar-winning writer.

When: May 14, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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